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This year’s congress focuses on preventing further regional water crises. 140 national and international businesses are presenting their solutions for ecological water and waste water technologies. State Secretary Adler stressed during his opening address that the German water industry can help other countries implement the global sustainable development goal (SDG) on water and sanitation. more

Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have worked together for many years on protecting the waters of the Oder River basin. Twenty years since the founding of the International Commission on the Protection of the Odra against Pollution (ICPO), the three countries are holding a ceremony to mark the positive outcomes of their work. At the same time, the ICPO Presidency will pass from Germany to Poland. more


The Federal Environment Ministry has launched a special award to recognise the international commitment of municipalities to establishing sustainable infrastructures. The award has a special focus on public service areas such as water management, waste water disposal and waste management. There is a great need for action in these areas at international level and great potential for German expertise. more

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At the opening of this conference, Barbara Hendricks called for a more responsible approach to plastics and plastic waste. Although the issue of plastic litter has long been on the agenda, the issue of plastic waste in rivers has only recently come into the spotlight - despite the fact that rivers are input routes of marine litter. The Federal Environment Ministry is promoting various research projects in this field. more

The federal cabinet followed Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks' recommendation and adopted the new ordinance on surface waters. updating and harmonising important provisions regarding the assessment and harmonisation of the status of water bodies. The requirements for categorising a water body as having a good status, which is at the heart of water pollution control, are now harmonised across Europe. more